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Old 06-06-2013, 11:25 PM   #16
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I've had an odd thing happen at work, the very instant I shut off all the lights to go home I heard breaking glass and at first thought someone threw a snowball or something through the glass window it had that breaking window sound.
Flip the lights back on to discover one of the 8' fluorescent tubes had fallen from the ceiling strip light over the table saw, blew up and shattered all over it.

Turned out to be the spring end of the tube holder had melted/charred enough to let the pin fall out, somehow at the exact instant I turned the lights off it fell.

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Old 06-07-2013, 10:54 AM   #17
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Once had a 1200A 480V feeder breaker blow because one of my union employees didn't know how to tape bugs. Took out the Deptford Mall food court during lunch time. Whole lot of pissed off merchants.
So had it been a non-union employee, this would not have happened?
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Once had a 1200A 480V feeder breaker blow because one of my union employees didn't know how to tape bugs. Took out the Deptford Mall food court during lunch time. Whole lot of pissed off merchants.
Can someone explain "taping bugs" to a layman here?
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:46 PM   #19
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Long story short....I DJ as a hobby.

Was a little late for setup...when I went to plug in my setup when the party was suppose to start...the moment I plugged it in...the entire building went dark... I immediately unplugged it..and the power can back on...plugged it in...power went off. All 190 people at the event looked my way. I ran to the panel to find nothing tripped. When we looked outside...we realized the traffic light and surrounding buildings were out. Turns out a transformer around the corner at a substation shorted out. Talk about coincidence. And sweaty palms....
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All 190 people at the event looked my way
LOL that's hilarious!

Now I rememberd another one from about ten years ago, I was given the key to the door of a local church so I could play the organ whenever I wanted to, and after a while I asked to do the postludes for practice and sort of payback the generousity of being able to use the facilities at no charge for personal enjoyment.
That year the regular organist took a sabatical and a substitute did the main music and I did the postlude, well one day unknown to me the choir director made a late change and it wasn't in the bulletin, so I fully expected everything to be as it had been, right after the benediction I would do the postlude.
This day however, the change involved the choir singing a special song after the benediction and before the postlude, or so they thought they were going to sing the song after the benediction

What happened was the pastor finished her benediction and then silence, and I glanced over at the choir director and he looked in my direction, nodded and I took that as a "GO," but apparantly it WASN'T "go" and maybe he wasn't even nodding at me but to someone near me. The very moment I hit a dramatic first chord I heard a note tink on the grand piano and voices sing one note and all stop and stare in my direction, the small choir and piano were no match for the mighty pipe organ and they wisely gave up after that first but ever so brief note, and filed off the risers while I continued to the end of my selection thinking OH NO NOW WHAT, continue, stop??!!

Nothing like messing up in front of 200 people!
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Can someone explain "taping bugs" to a layman here?
Bug is a another name for a Kearney or a split bolt. If you don't tape a split bolt connection properly, they tend to fail. Often with spectacular results.
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Bug is a another name for a Kearney or a split bolt. If you don't tape a split bolt connection properly, they tend to fail. Often with spectacular results.
Especially when connected to a buss tap on a 3500A MCC.........very spectacular in deed....
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I was at a fundraising party for 600 people---I simply turned off a light switch and the entire building went dark---

It was a 5 minute power outage in the neighborhood---but I thought I killed the party----
Was working in the Commerce Atrium building in Cherry Hill, NJ. We were dc'ing an office area. Had a bunch of 20a mc cables. Rather than hunt for breakers I just started shorting the ends and tripping the breakers. Everything was fine until I shut the banks computer system down during the lunch time rush. Ahh. Living the life!!
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Thanks. I knew what a split bolt connector was, just had never heard of "tape bugs". Thanks
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Was working in the Commerce Atrium building in Cherry Hill, NJ. We were dc'ing an office area. Had a bunch of 20a mc cables. Rather than hunt for breakers I just started shorting the ends and tripping the breakers. Everything was fine until I shut the banks computer system down during the lunch time rush. Ahh. Living the life!!
Geeze... Electure, I remember that... when I was trying to withdraw money to buy that winning lotto ticket...... Oh well.... you owe me
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Thanks. I knew what a split bolt connector was, just had never heard of "tape bugs". Thanks
You know how those East coast guys are....they use weird names for stuff....
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The most crazy thing I have done is do the parallel mode on the 3.5 megawatts generatour and got it balanced and somehow I change the dail a little on feild control to increase to take a full load somehow POCO fail to warn me about run in parallel mode that day.

They should quoted me to not go over 2 mega due one of the transfomer is out of service well guess what I heard SR6 breakers kick out less than 300 meters from me so I knew what it sound like and I say oh merde and POCO relay the message to moi and run it in full island mode to keep it going so crank the unit to the limit 3.85 Megawatts but our tempory transfomers were not really happy with it.

All it was a lousy 5 buck relay failed which the POCO informed me due they were on the site that time so they knew I will run pretty good load on them.

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Can someone explain "taping bugs" to a layman here?

we use this type ... H-Taps ... and they must be "taped" with 2 different types of tape ..

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I replaced a gate valve for a neighbor. He had a leaking valve in his basement. I shut off the main, cut out the old, sweated in the new valve and turned the main back on. Opened the new valve, and .....nothing! Thought maybe I had a stuck seat or whatever. Messed around for an hour or so before we were told that the city was working in the street and shut the water off.
Bad timing!

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